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How do we combat bogus medicines in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic?


Tesfaye, W and Abrha, S and Sinnollareddy, M and Arnold, B and Brown, A and Matthew, C and Oguoma, VM and Peterson, GM and Thomas, J, How do we combat bogus medicines in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic?, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 103, (4) pp. 1360-1363. ISSN 0002-9637 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4269/ajtmh.20-0903


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought concurrent challenges. The increased incidence of fake and falsified product distribution is one of these problems with tremendous impact, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Up to a tenth of medicines including antibiotics and antimalarial drugs in the African market are considered falsified. Pandemics make this worse by creating an ecosystem of confusion, distraction, and vulnerability stemming from the pandemic as health systems become more stressed and the workload of individuals increased. These environments create opportunities for substandard and falsified medicines to be more easily introduced into the marketplace by unscrupulous operators. In this work, we discussed some of the challenges with fake or falsified product distribution in the context of COVID-19 and proposed strategies to best manage this problem.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:counterfeit medicines, fake, malaria, standards safety
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:140592
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2020-08-28
Last Modified:2021-04-28
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